‘Pakistan’s envoy to India gets death threats’

January 25th, 2009 - 1:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Jan 25 (IANS) Pakistan’s high commissioner to India has received death threats from a hitherto unknown extremist group that has also threatened to strike at the diplomatic mission in New Delhi and at the parliament here, a media report Sunday said.The threat by an outfit calling itself the All India Anti-Terrorism Group (AIATG), “has prompted a strong protest by Islamabad asking New Delhi to provide full security to the envoy”, Dawn said.

It quoted a source as saying that India “had been told that it would be held responsible in case of any harm to the high commissioner”.

“The safety, security and welfare of the envoy are paramount in Pakistan’s response to these threats,” the source said.

A three-page letter mailed to the mission in New Delhi asked High Commissioner Shahid Malik to leave in three days or face dire consequences.

“We don’t need to make any kind of relation and have no place for any Pakistani in our country,” the letter said, adding: “If the threat is taken lightly, it is 200 percent sure the envoy will be killed.”

The AIATG, which said it had three sub-groups - Students of Hinduism Movement in India and Pakistan, Students Against Terrorism, and Pride of India - stated there were 11 reasons it was formed.

“You can understand we have many reasons to take lethal steps against you and your country, so tell your government that we are mad, zealot and thirsty for Pakistani blood,” the letter maintained.

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